Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Monday, January 4, 2021


is also an exercise in poeticizing autofiction. Autofiction is much on my mind because of forthcoming novel DOVELION (AC Books, New York, March-April 2021). Anyway, here's my first poem at Moss Trill:

"HOPE: First 2021 Poem"

I dedicate it to those who, as the poem cites, "still believe in ethics."

Friday, January 1, 2021


Remember my 2020 Anti-Tsundoku Project to read through and cut down on the To-Read piles stacked all over the house? Well, the wildfire did a better job of eliminating those piles than my reading efforts. As you can see by list below, the Glass Fire, which began in September, drastically reduced my reading:


January 2020 (65 books)

February 2020 (71 books)
March 2020 (32 books)
April 2020 (48 books)
May 2020 (59 books)
June 2020 (56 books)
August 2020 (26 books)

September 2020 (10 books)

October 2020 (10 books)

November 2020 (13 books)

December 2020 (13 books)


Total books read in 2020: a paltry (for me) 403 books. Not all books were “read” from beginning to end. The intent of Anti-Tsundoku was to go through the To-Read piles and either read or conclude not worth reading, in which case the latter were donated. Still, it wasn’t my reading that shortened those stacks—it was the wildfire which decimated them.


That’s okay. New beginnings, new year, etc. But I can mark today, January 1, with the shortest ever To-Read pile in my house. Three books—ta da!  But you know me, I shall have to ramp up the book acquisitions and readings again as 2021 ends my book-buying constraints. Here is the shortest To-Read Stack I've had in my life: